Apocalypse Factory

Author:
Steve Olson
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Category:
History

The atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, August 9, 1945, contained nuclear material manufactured at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington State. Histories of the Manhattan Project and the Cold War generally neglect Hanford, an oversight Steve Olson, who grew up in the nearby town of Othello, aims to correct in "The Apocalypse Factory: Plutonium and the Making of the Atomic Age."

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Jul. 29, 2020

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